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VIENNALE kicks off

The Viennale is Austria’s most prominent international film festival, with 96,000 viewers last year. Highlights of this year’s 300 carefully selected films are the boldly aesthetic Asiatic 3D genre; the Austrian premiere of the politically relevant Le dernier des injustes (The Last of the Unjust) a and the retrospective best flicks of Jerry Lewis. The […]

When Less is More

When Less is More

Film festivals are fascinating. They tend to uncover the unknowns, promote the unpromotable, putting on display pictures you would rarely see in a fiercely commercial medium. Yet their influence far outweighs their attendance. After all, innovation doesn’t happen in the mainstream, and today’s lunatic fringe may turn out to be tomorrow’s standard. And while Vienna […]

Viennale 2012: A City Goes to the Movies

Viennale 2012: A City Goes to the Movies

Now in its 50th year, organiser Hans Hurch calls the Viennale “a festival at eye-level”, and despite annual adaptations of venues and programme, in essence it’s a constant. This is an event that “doesn’t serve anything or anyone,” Hurch says. It is its own reason for being. Proof lies in the city’s undying enthusiasm for […]

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